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Hammerlund named 26th Library Luminary

Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

ALGONQUIN – Lynn Hammerlund has been inducted and named the 26th Illinois Library Luminary, according to a news release from the Algonquin Area Public Library District.

Since 1988, Hammerlund has served as a trustee and library board member. Library Director Lynn Elam said Hammerlund is “one of Illinois’ unsung heroes who quietly goes about the business of ensuring that her hometown library functions at the highest level, that her peers and colleagues are taught the principles of librarianship well and that her students are information literacy over-achievers.”

Hammerlund earned her master’s degree in library and informational science from Northern Illinois University and is a key part of the library staff at Judson University, with a 30-year tenure as associate professor. She was appointed to the Algonquin Area Public Library District Board in 1988, has served as president of the board since 1992 and now is serving her 24th consecutive year.

In 2012, Hummerlund was a winning contestant on “Jeopardy.”

As a trustee and library board president, Hammerlund helped the library earn a four-star ranking from Library Journal.

She led two successful referendums resulting in the construction of a new 35,000-square-foot central library and the renovation of an 18,000-square-foot branch library.

Hammerlund joins the ranks of Peggy Sullivan, Judith F. Krug, Bridget Lamont and Burton Joseph in this Illinois hall of fame for the library community.

For information about the Illinois Library Association, visit www.ila.org/about-ila/illinois-library-luminaries.

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